DENTON, Texas (4/4/08) The 4X400 men’s and women’s relay teams led the way for the University of North Texas track and field team Friday afternoon as both relay squads qualified for Saturday’s finals at the 81st annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
The men’s quartet of Darnell Greig, Ryan Varner, Montrell Pyron and Kelvin Wright clocked in with a time of 3:13.66 to place third in its heat and ninth over to take the last qualifying spot for tomorrow’s finals.
Racing in the fastest heat of the 4X400 relay, Shayla Hart, Chi Chi Echebelem, Chrystal Mitchell and Ciara Smith will head into Saturday’s finals in the ninth qualifying spot, finishing with a time of 3:45.57. The only two relay teams that finished ahead of North Texas in its heat, USC and Kansas State, set regionally qualifying marks.
“I didn’t feel that we ran as fast as we are capable of running. We’re going to have to cut down on our time tomorrow to have a shot, but I think we’ll be in the mix,” said head track and field coach Rick Watkins. “There have been a lot of years that we’ve come here and been in the stands watching on Saturday, so the kids should be excited and ready to go.”
Alysha Adams and Lauren Wiggins represented the Mean Green in the 100-meter hurdles. Adams, the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Freshman of the Year, finished 20th overall, with a personal- best time of 14.12. Wiggins, who posted a regional qualifying mark last week at the ACU Triangular, crossed the line with a time of 14.19 to finish in 24th.
The men’s 4X100 relay team of Varner, Wright, Ryan Roberson and Byron Washington took nearly a half-second off its previous season-best time, as the foursome finished with a time 41.41. Nine of the 16 men’s 4X100 teams posted regionally qualifying marks.
North Texas high jumpers Toby Edwards and Jermaine Jamison will get things under way for the Mean Green tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the fourth and final day of the Texas Relays. The men’s distance medley relay, as well as both 4X400 relay teams will also be in action for the Mean Green in tomorrow’s finals.